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Haas NewsWire, January 31, 2005

Redesigned Computer Center Creates Collaborative Workspace for Students

Haas students work together in the new computing center
Haas students work together in the new computing center

The redesigned Bakar Computer Center has reopened with a new layout to accommodate the collaborative, laptop-enabled study habits of Haas School students.

The center has moved from a fixed system to one that is more fluid and open. Rows of fixed cubicles have been replaced by an open workspace that make it easy for students to gather around one or a cluster of computers for a team project. "The new space more accurately reflects the way our students study and work – together," says Zane Cooper, chief technology officer and director of Haas Computing Services.

The center's redesign also enhances existing technology and now features a new data cable plant to increase access speed, improvements to wireless access, and better support of laptop computers. Numerous small details contribute to keeping the space user-friendly, such as data ports that can now be accessed on desk tops instead of on the floor.

Cooper and the computer center staff began planning the redesign a few years ago, after studying patterns of use in the center and observing that students consistently chose group study areas over private cubicles. After visiting eight other computer labs to glean ideas, Cooper put a rough plan in place, which was then executed by project manager Phil Mahoney, assistant director of Haas Computing Services.

To minimize the disruption to students, the center closed one week before the end of last semester and opened, new elements in place, on January 18 when students returned from winter break. Says Cooper about the redesign, "The original vision of the architect (Charles Moore) was to design a campus that fosters creative communication about business and education. I think he would be very pleased."

The computer center is located on the third floor of the Student Services building and is open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Haas Faculty to Train Professors for New St. Petersburg School of Management Ph.D. Program

Continuing its partnership with the St. Petersburg University School of Management (SOM), the Haas School of Business will train faculty members of a new doctoral program offered by the Russian university that is designed to elevate the quality of research in business and management science in the former Soviet Union.

The training of new Ph.D. faculty is the latest instance of Haas support for the SOM, Russia's first Western-style business school. The SOM is modeled after the Haas School, its founding partner of 12 years. In that time the SOM has grown from 35 students to 1500, in undergraduate, MBA, international MBA, and doctoral programs.

Current SOM dean Valery Katkalo was inspired to start the school after visiting Haas as a Ph.D. student in 1989. His efforts were helped by many Haas staff and faculty members, including key advocate David Teece, Mitsubishi Bank Professor of International Business and Finance at Haas and director of UC Berkeley's Institute of Management, Innovation & Organization (IMIO).

The SOM has had a doctoral program since 1997 and now marks a significant shift from the traditional Russian style of focusing almost exclusively on the dissertation process to an approach that incorporates increased coursework, training, and student/professor interaction, according to Susanne Campbell, executive director of the UC Berkeley-St. Petersburg University School of Management Program. "This will make the SOM's program the first business Ph.D. in the former Soviet Union to move toward the structure of programs in the US and Europe," she says.

The wherewithal to deliver such ground-breaking courses as "Theory of Industrial Organizations," "Quantitative Methods in Management," and "Macroeconomics in Transition Economies" will come, in part, after eight current SOM faculty members each spend a month at Haas between January and October engaging in research with a Haas faculty advisor and gathering material to design the SOM Ph.D. courses. So equipped, these professors will return to Russia and share their new-found approaches not only with SOM Ph.D. students, but also with professors from universities across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a collection of 12 former Soviet nations.

"Besides building upon their teaching skills, the training will enhance the methodologies and standardization of their own research," says Campbell. Financial support for the training is sponsored by the Open Society Institute (OSI) in Budapest, which is funded by George Soros.

Elevating the quality of research in business and management science in Russia is the logical next step for a school that has "created the highest possible quality in the teaching program," according to Professor Dwight Jaffee, director of the UC Berkeley-St. Petersburg University School of Management Program. One way in which the SOM's research credentials are being furthered is through publication of the Russian Management Journal, launched in 2003 and co-founded by Teece. The Russian Academy of Science is now represented on the advisory board of the journal, whose publication, Teece says, "has signaled to the scientific community that the SOM has a serious interest in research on business and its institutions."

Future plans for the SOM include an Institute for Research in Management and an English-language executive MBA program, reflecting the school's commitment to strengthening scientific research while continuing to educate Russia's future corporate managers in business leadership.

New Dean to Connect with Haas Community at Upcoming Events

Eager to meet with the Haas community in his new role as Acting Dean, Rich Lyons will participate in a number of events this spring to introduce himself to alumni, donors, and friends of Haas off campus and with faculty, students, and staff here at the school.

The entire Haas community is invited to hear Lyons' State of the School Address on Wednesday, February 9, at 12:45 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., in the Bank of America Forum. In the coming weeks, Lyons will also hold lunch and dinner meetings with Haas students from the various academic programs.

For alumni in the East Bay, Lyons will debate Andrew Rose, the Bernard T. Rocca, Jr., Professor of International Trade, on "The US Dollar: Will the Bottom Fall Out?" at the Haas Alumni Network Celebration in the East Bay on Tuesday, February 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the William F. Cronk Conference Center at the Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream headquarters in Oakland.

Lyons will also meet alumni and Berkeley MBA students at the sixth annual Haas Alumni Network Celebration in Silicon Valley. This annual networking event takes place on Wednesday, February 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

On Wednesday, March 23, Lyons will connect with alumni at the Network Celebration in San Francisco, hosted by Don Fisher, BS 50, founder and chairman of the board of Gap Inc. A panel discussion and reception will take place at the headquarters of Gap Inc. and is sponsored by the San Francisco Haas Alumni Network chapter.

Additional events are being planned for the east coast. More details on all of these events can be found on the Haas School calendar at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/calendar/.

Asia's Influence Increases: Asia Business Conference to Explore the Opportunities

Reflecting the optimism surrounding Asia's increasingly influential role in the world economy, the fifth annual Asia Business Conference will explore opportunities in every field from biotech to wireless technology on Saturday, February 26, at the Haas School.

The conference, titled " Asia's Global Leadership: Catch IT if You Can," features keynote speaker Michael Marks, CEO of Flextronics International. In addition, more than a dozen panelists with industry and regional expertise will address such up-to-the-minute topics as Asia's competitiveness in biotech, recognized as beginning to rival that of the US in certain niches by The Economist magazine, and in electronic gaming, having been named the fastest growth region in the entertainment and media industries by a 2004 PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

Panelists include Jerry Engel, adjunct professor and executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Kellie McElhaney, adjunct assistant professor and executive director of the Center for Responsible Business; and Haas lecturer Reza Mozzami. Asia business topics being addressed include biotech's potential to shape the world economy; the gaming industry's role in the entertainment business; the dynamics of Asia's wireless industries; venture capital and private equity opportunities and challenges; developing a strategy for conducting business in Southeast Asia; and implementing a corporate social responsibility strategy for Asian businesses.

This year the day-long product exhibition at the conference, BizPark, is designed to complement the panel topics. There will be a gaming section exhibiting the latest Xbox and PS2 machine and games; a wireless section showing the latest Nokia cell phones; and a social responsibility section featuring Fairtrade/Transfair USA. Additional exhibitors will be announced over the next few weeks.

The conference is hosted by the Asian Business Conference Club in collaboration with the Management of Technology Program (MOT), the Clausen Center for International Business & Policy, and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

For more information and to register, visit http://berkeleyabc.org/2005/index.htm.

Berkeley MBA Students Compete to Enter Venture Capital Competition

The Epoch Ventures team emerged victorious after going head-to-head with five other Berkeley MBA student teams on January 21 to determine which would be chosen to represent the Haas School in the western regional finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC).

The competition will be held February 3-5 at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Participating Haas team members are: Manuel Rodriguez, MBA 05; Daniel Yoo, MBA 05; Camille Landis, MBA 05; Alex Jeffers, MBA 05; and Josh Scott, MBA 05.

For the VCIC competition, student teams play the role of venture capitalists charged with evaluating investment opportunities and deciding where to place their money. Following the structure of the national VCIC, six Haas teams received four business plans from existing startups -- Vital Wear Inc., Readiness Co., Designed NanoMaterials, and Inner Sell. The teams then analyzed and evaluated the plans and presented their investment recommendations to a panel of judges, which included Tom McKinley from Partech International, Steve Kishi from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, and John Occhipinti from Woodside Fund.

At Haas, the VCIC is hosted by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Haas Entrepreneurs Association. This year's competition is being coordinated by Ameet Ranadive, MBA 05; Irv Remedios, MBA 05; and Nathan Dintenfass, MBA 06. Sponsors of the Haas competition include Gabriel Ventures, Partech International, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, the Woodside Fund, and Apax Ventures.

Faculty News

Chesbrough Brings Open Innovation Down Under

Henry Chesbrough, executive director of the Center for Open Innovation, was named a Visiting International Fellow by the Australian Industry InnovationXchange Network. He spent three days speaking to industry and government groups in Australia on the theme of "Open Innovation." His visit culminated with a televised address, titled "Open Innovation: Implications for Innovation and for the Australian Economy," which he gave to the National Press Club of Australia on November 23, 2004.

Haas in the News

Peter Sealey, an adjunct professor of marketing, was quoted in January 31 edition of Time Magazine in an article titled "The Commission Squeeze." Sealey commented on the role of technology has in today's real estate market. For full text: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1019824,00.html

David Levine, professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group and the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article titled "Bush Plan Pressures Workers" on January 26. Levine commented on private accounts for Social Security. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/01/26/BUG6IB07H81.DTL

Sealey's return to the Coca-Cola Company as a consultant was mentioned in several media outlets. He served as senior vice president for Global Marketing at Coca-Cola from 1990 to 1994.



Christine Rosen, an associate professor in the Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article titled "Adding Up the Cost of Bags" on January 25. Rosen commented on San Francisco's proposal to charge for grocery bags and how it may impact the consumer. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/01/25/BUGCJAVPAI1.DTL

Larry Lollar, assistant dean of development and alumni relations, was mentioned in the Daily Californian in an article titled "UC Endowment on the Rise" on January 25. For full text: http://www.dailycal.org/article.php?id=17355

The Haas School of Business was featured in the Daily Californian in an article titled "Haas Ranks in Top 10 MBA Programs" on January 25. For full text: http://www.dailycal.org/article.php?id=17360

Acting Dean Richard Lyons was quoted in the Daily Californian in an article titled "Grad Schools Seek Fiscal Freedom" on January 25. For full text: http://www.dailycal.org/article.php?id=17356

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, was quoted in the North County Times in an article titled "Feinstein Seeks Investigation of California Crude Price Gap" on January 24. Borenstein commented on oil prices. For full text: http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/01/25/business/news/71222.txt

Borenstein was mentioned in MSNBC in an article titled "Memphis Airport Ranks High on Cost to Fly" on January 23. For full text: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6860375/

Happening at Haas

Berkeley Nano Opportunity Challenge (BNOC) Round 1: Technology Challenge
Monday, January 31
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Teams comprised of scientists and engineers will get 15 minutes each (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes Q&A) to present their innovations in front of an audience and a panel of judges.
For more information visit http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~nano/events.php?view=2.
BNOC 2005 is organized by the Berkeley Nanotechnology Club and is supported by the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute, the Management of Technology Program, and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

UC Business Plan Competition Workshop
Intellectual Property for Startups
February 7
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, visit http://bplan.berkeley.edu/.

State of the School Address
Acting Dean Rich Lyons will discuss the current state of the Haas School and his goals for the future. All members of the Haas community are invited.
Wednesday, February 9
There will be two sessions, first at 12:45 p.m. and then again at 7:30 p.m.
Bank of America Forum
For more information, contact Susie Hanna at hanna@haas.berkeley.edu.


"Security Design with Correlated Hidden Cash Flows:  The Optimality of Performance Pricing" by Alexei Tchistyi, Stanford University
Monday, January 31
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Anomalies" by Lu Zhang, University of Rochester
Wednesday, February 2
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Career Center classroom (S489)
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Workers, Warriors and Criminals: Social Conflict in General Equilibrium" by Ernesto Dal Bó, Haas School of Business
Wednesday, February 2
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/marko/EAPSeminar2005.htm.

"Contract Structure and Performance of (UCB) Technology Transfer Agreements: Evidence from University Licenses" by Dan Elfenbein, Haas School of Business
Thursday, February 3
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Endogenous Crashes in Continuous Time" by Johan Walden, Yale University
Friday, February 4
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Aging and Emotional Memory" by Mara Mather, UC Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology
Friday, February 4
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.

"From bounded to epistemic rationality: Toward a theory of rational discovery" by Anna Grandori, University Bucconi, Italy
Thursday, February 9
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information contact, Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

"The Demand for Coordination" by Tano Santos, Columbia University
Thursday, February 10
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.

Ron Howard, Stanford University Management and Engineering
Friday, February 11
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.

Alumni Events

An Evening with Tom T. O'Keefe, chairman of Tully's Coffee
Wednesday, February 2
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The "Mountain Room" located at Tully's Headquarters and Roastery, 3100 Airport Way South, Seattle.
Topics include the coffee industry and community involvement. For more information and to register, visit www.seattlebsa.com.

Speaker Event: Rose vs. Lyons: Distinguished Faculty Go Head to Head Over Dollar
Tuesday, February 8
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
William F. Cronk Conference Center at the Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc., corporate campus, 5929 College Ave., Oakland
Register online at www.acteva.com/go/eb-alumni.
Cost: $10 for students, alumni, and friends through February 2, $15 thereafter and at the door. Space limited. Register as soon as possible to ensure your space at this popular annual event.
For more information contact Oliver Cruz, MBA 80, at cruzon54@yahoo.com.
Spurious accusations and vague insults will fly when Haas Professor Andy Rose and Acting Dean Rich Lyons tackle the topic, "The US Dollar: Will the Bottom Fall Out?"

Rose on the "no" side: "Anybody peddling the view of major crisis in the dollar is reading too much sensational press. Simple efficient markets logic tells us that if the dollar were headed for a big fall, and everybody knew it, it would fall right away. It's a little sad that Professor Lyons doesn't seem to be able to apply the skills and knowledge that all economists and Haas graduates possess."

Lyons on the "yes" side: "My colleague Professor Rose is the quintessential ivory-tower academic. That I've known for a long time now. What stuns me--I mean really stuns me--is that as an international economist, he fails to appreciate that we operate in a global economy. That global economy is producing powerful forces for a dollar fall. I look forward to a little consciousness-raising at the debate."

US-Russia Technology Symposium
Wednesday, February 16
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Russian Consulate, 2790 Green Street, San Francisco
Cost: $30/person
Featuring a special presentation by Pitch Johnson, Founding Partner of Asset Management, a leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. All presentations will be in English. For more information and to register, visit www.clumba.com/news.asp?ob_no=3961.

Sixth Annual Haas Alumni Network Celebration in Silicon Valley
Wednesday, February 23
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton
Register online at www.acteva.com/go/haasalumni.
Cost: $15/person for alumni and guests, free for students.
For more information, contact Haas Alumni Relations at alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.

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